Our main topic this week is on a subject that countless millions or even billions of people are subjected to - superstition.
I frequently receive questions clearly motivated by superstition.
Such questions often involve for example the use of crystals, dates, numbers, the most infamous of which is the number 13.
This week therefore I thought worthwhile to take a close look at superstition in general with the objective of putting the motives behind such superstition in a proper perspective.
Before looking at superstition generally we will first take a closer look at the superstition revolving around the number 13 which is probably one of the most pervasive of all superstitions affecting millions of people.
While the number 13 is sometimes viewed as a "lucky number", for most who allow 13 to influence their lives it is deemed to be very "unlucky", especially in the context of the date "Friday 13" which for millions is a day of foreboding and even terror, the adherents to which allow this date to seriously affect their activities on those days.
There are countless office and apartment blocks - probably even some in your area - that leave out floor number 13 going instead directly from floor 12 to floor 14.
Many airports do not have a terminal 13 - again going directly from terminal 12 to terminal 14.
Many streets of homes likewise do not include a number 13 instead missing it out altogether in favour of only having numbers 12 and 14. Again you will not need to go far to see this for yourself.
And so it goes on - the number 13 influencing the lives and actions of millions of otherwise rational people.
It should be clear by now that the fear of number 13 is not restricted to an eccentric or superstitious few, but is a fear that is firmly routed in the human psyche at all levels of cultures.
The fear of number 13 even has a name - "triskaidekaphobia".
So how did this come about?
There are many possible origins for the number 13 superstition, but mot of which appear to originate within the superstition of religion - so 13 is a superstition born out of superstition.
For example - biblical accounts claim that Judas, the alleged "betrayer" of Jesus, was the thirteenth person to sit down at "the last supper" shortly before Jesus was "crucified".
In the context of Friday 13, it is said that Jesus was actually crucified on a Friday.
Also on On Friday, October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrests the Knights Templars.
There are many other such examples of events with negative connotations being associated with the number 13.
At the final analysis however the number 13 as well as Friday 13 have, over the centuries become firmly rooted in the human psyche as an irrational fear, albeit a powerful and pervasive fear, approaching in scale the biggest of all irrational fears - fear of the change known as "death".
So what is the truth of the number 13?
Is there a more enlightened truth?
Yes there is.
Before the advent of orthodox religion, our ancient ancestors, before the fall of humanity to its present levels, were generally very enlightened people, including, but not limited to the Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Chinese and Tibetans, and the Ancient Indians as well as the now lost races inhabiting the lands of Atlantis and Lemuria and many other lost civilisations now lying hundreds or thousands of feet under the sea that are now being discovered.
What did 13 mean to these wise ancients?
To the Ancient Egyptians 13 was a very sacred number representing Enlightenment. To the Ancient Egyptians there were 12 steps on the path of evolution in physical life, the 13th step representing the final transcendence of the cycles of incarnation to achieve enlightenment and the gateway to greater things including Spiritual immortality.
13 had a similar and sacred significance to the Ancient Chinese.
We only need to look at nature to see the significance of the number 13.
There are 13 lunar cycles in a year. Many other cycles of the year are in cycles of 13.
The path of the moon across the sky is over 13 degrees.
There are numerous other examples of the number 13 appearing in nature - all manifestations of the First Cause, of Source, of God Who is Perfect, and never created anything that is in any way imperfect.
An excellent example of such perfection and symmetry is "Metatron's Cube" - the "fruit of life".
Metatron's cube broadly consists of 13 circles arranged in the form of a perfect figure - a dodecahedron. Each circle is considered to be a node, each connected to another circle by a single line, resulting in 78 lines or "paths".
Metatron's cube has many levels of occult meanings, too many and complex to discuss here, but the broad significance is that Metatron is said to have created the cube from His own Soul, which is an aspect of Perfection, just as humans in turn are an aspect of perfection.
So here, in Metatron's Cube we see 13, as with the Ancient Egyptians representing Perfection - how can 13 in therefore be considered to be "unlucky"?
Much more can be said about the number 13, but the above is sufficient to clearly see that fear of the number 13 is clearly both irrational and superstitious, originally arising from the superstition of religion which itself controls the lives of billions of people.
That said - superstitions can be and often are very real to those adhering to them, with a failure to submit to the superstition often resulting in something "bad" happening.
For example - where I live there is a great tradition of folklore going back over many centuries. On a main road here there is a bridge called "The Fairy Bridge" where a group of benevolent "faeries" or "fay folk" are said to live. The local residents always greet the "faeries" as they pass over the bridge lest they offend the "faeries" who would then exact retribution. Many a time a superstitious person has failed to greet the "faeries" and has experience a negative event such as a tyre blowout on their car soon afterwards.
There are countless other cases of people who have experienced "bad luck" as a direct result of failing to perform some sort of superstitious ritual such as for example "knocking on wood".
So how can this be so, especially among many otherwise rational people?
The answer lies within the power of the Subconscious Mind and The Law of Attraction.
Plain and simple - whatever we believe to be true is true. So if we believe that the number 13 is "unlucky", or that by failing to form a specific action or ritual some negative experience will arise, then so shall it be.
The Subconscious Mind, or more correctly Subconsciousness is that aspect of our Mind that is also an aspect, channel of expressions of Universal Mind and is therefore infinitely powerful.
In accordance with The Law of Attraction whatever we think about persistently, focus on or imagine we will attract - whether it is rational, wanted or not.
Subconsciousness is immutable and makes no effort to determine whether any thought or action "makes sense" or not - that is for the Conscious Mind to determine, and it is the Conscious Mind that adheres to superstitions.
Any "bad" event arising from failing to adhere to a superstition is the direct result of the fear of the consequences of that superstition - every single time - no exceptions.
So how does a superstitious person rid themselves of the fear of number 13 or indeed any other superstition?
Well there are several ways of approaching this.
1. Look at the facts of the superstition. Instead of simply blindly adhering to a superstition, as with religion for example, instead question it's logic. Ask yourself, honestly, how failing to do something, or doing it incorrectly, can possible result in a certain event.
It will not be long before the truth of the superstition becomes apparent.
2. Understand the power of the Subconscious aspect of Mind - Subconsciousness - and how it attracts your experiential reality.
By understanding your own Divine connections and therefore powers, you will be able to take positive control over your own experience instead of being a slave to age-old superstition.
3. Confront the superstition head-on.
For example - if you are afraid of the number 13 or Friday 13, go and do things that include the number 13 and make Friday 13 a special day for activities with your family or friends.
Celebrate Friday 13 with a meal or some other treat.
Go to the shops on Friday 13 and purchase 13 of something, or purchase something that includes the number 13 in the price.
If you are afraid of walking under a ladder then make an effort to go into town and walk under as many ladders as you encounter.
If you are afraid of breaking a mirror then obtain a cheap mirror and break it - being careful not to cut yourself and disposing of the pieces safely where no one else can cut themselves.
At first these actions might give rise to anxiety, apprehension or even fear, but nevertheless you must confront these emotions and continue regardless. For example whenever such an emotion arises, say firmly ""Cancel!, Cancel!, Cancel!" continuing until it dissipates.
Keep telling yourself that you are a logical, rational person, an expression of God with absolute power over your own experience.
You will soon find that after no adverse consequences result from any of these actions that your superstition no longer has power over you, and will simply dissipate leaving you feeling lighter, happier and exhilarated.
Above all always keep in Mind that we all create our own reality at every level, and there are no external "forces" beyond our control that can bring about anything we would not wish for.